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Dictionary entries for the word shame include “a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety” and “a feeling of guilt, regret, or sadness that you have because you know you have done something wrong.” Etymologically, the word comes from the Old English scamu, a “loss of esteem” or something that “brings disgrace[...] private parts.” The word is powerful, calling to mind images of our ... Read More
  Since Burning Man 2013, images of a mysterious hand grabbing various women’s breasts have gone viral. The photographs were anonymously distributed, but photographer Dong Xiao has identified himself as the culprit (although his claim is unverified). Although they have since been taken off of many sites by Burning Man, the damage done by this photographer leaves a mark: these women’s privacy has been violated.    Burner sociologist PJ ... Read More
   Let’s face it: middle school dances are terrifying. In my youth, I spent my first dance alone in the corner of the cafeteria wearing my mom’s lipstick and a clip-in french twist hairpiece, hoping that the cool girls dancing in their cool circle would come talk to me. They didn’t, and a part of me has always regretted not getting up and dancing with them (I was and still am a horrible dancer, but who cares?). School dances offer a ... Read More
[Reposted with permission from  JessicaGottlieb.com ] Here's an amazing letter to teenage girls that was written in response to the now-viral post, FYI (if you're a teenage girl). Dear girls, By now you’re probably aware that Mrs. Hall thinks you’re a dirty slut who can’t be Facebook friends with her sons. By now you’ve probably been told 93,872 times in your life that The Internet is Forever and you should never ever post ... Read More
The next stop on the Anthony Weiner crazy train – cough, campaign – is a very NSFW rant by his top aide against a former intern, the highlight of which seems to have twisted the Internet's collective knickers. A top Weiner aide (lol) called former intern Olivia Nuzzi, who wrote a bylined article for the New York Daily News about working for the mayoral candidate, a “slutbag,” which is apparently an insult we’re using now.  The ... Read More
Hey, I didn’t say it. According to Jessica Rey, former Power Ranger and current swimsuit designer, antiquated descriptions of the bikini state it's a garment favored by 'licentious mediterranean types' (me) and that only someone who lacked 'decency and tact' (also me) would wear it. As she goes through the history of women's swimwear in a recent video, she acknowledges that opinions of the bikini have clearly changed, and that she created her ... Read More
Someone in Dublin is boycotting Rihanna’s boobs. Recent posters for the singer’s “Diamonds” tour feature the her topless, with her breasts obscured by a logo, but apparently that isn’t modest enough. Twitter has been exploding with pictures of censored versions of the poster. It would seem that anonymous perpetrator  is covering up Rihanna with different shirts and dresses. The Independent called the perpetrator a "mystery ... Read More
In our last post about B, we raised an eyebrow at her reluctance to call herself a feminist. Why? Because we believe she is a feminist and she should own it. That’s why we did a serious double-take at what Rakhi Kumar wrote about her in the Huffington Post last week. In “An Open Letter to Michelle Obama”, Kumar reprimands the first lady for recognizing Beyonce as a role model for her two daughters: “...I think it's time to stop suggesting ... Read More
A lot of people have beef with Elizabeth Wurtzel, and so do I. I'll admit there was a part of my late teens where I related to the melodramatic, self-indulgent musings in her acclaimed memoir Prozac Nation. Now, having grown out of that seemingly hopeless phase of my life and gained just a little perspective, I find it hard to sympathize with the overwhelming narcissism that appears to have followed Wurtzel into adulthood. What really bothers me, ... Read More
Taylor Swift saw you talking to her boyfriend last night, and she just thinks that was really uncool of you. And if you ever want to land a member of One Direction, you’re gonna have to stop wearing such short skirts. Also, if you’re a cheerleader you’re automatically a whore (in case you were wondering).  Professional pissed off ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift already incited feminist ire last October, when she failed to identify herself as a ... Read More
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